I'm quitting teaching

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    This is my 6th year. Like most of us, I have said before that I wanted to quit. This is the first year I mean it.

    Today after school I spent nearly an hour with a dear colleague lamenting over this 'death' in me. I sobbed; this grief is real. I think to some extent I will always morn this part of me I lost. I'm just done. Teaching has lost all it's luster. I'm taking it day by day.

    I don't know what comes after teaching. I am in therapy to help me find my way. I will not quit before June.

    Wish me luck.
     
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  3. czacza

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    :hugs:
     
  4. GTB4GT

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    wishing you all the best. There is no doubt that this profession is full of very unique challenges. I am a strong believer in the adage that when one door closes, another one opens. I have seen people stay in jobs that they did not enjoy, that makes for even further stress. again, best wishes and enjoy the holiday season. you have earned it.
     
  5. bison

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    Best of luck to you. Let us know what you decide to do next! :hugs:
     
  6. Bella2010

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    I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I totally get where you're coming from when you talk about mourning a part of it. I hope you find something that makes you happy. :)

    Beth
     
  7. donziejo

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    Good Luck. Hope you find your dream.
     
  8. Emily Bronte

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    Hugs!
     
  9. swansong1

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    I understand how you feel. I am leaving early for probably the same reasons.

    A new door will open for you...
     
  10. catnfiddle

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    There are so many other opportunities out there for you, and a classroom will always be there later at the right time and place. If your heart has gone out of it, but you love these kids enough to hang in there a little longer, you're doing the right thing for you.
     
  11. smalltowngal

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    :hugs:
     
  12. mrachelle87

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    I am sorry.
     
  13. mrachelle87

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    I am sorry.
     
  14. Missy

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    Good luck!
     
  15. Milsey

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    We will miss you
     
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    :hugs:
     
  17. i8myhomework

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    Hey, it's not so bad! On to your next great adventure, right?
     
  18. hbcaligirl1985

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    I am sorry. I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. <3
     
  19. ku_alum

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    I'm sorry.
    But, I know there must be some relief in the decision being made, and in that way, I'm happy for you.
     
  20. MrsC

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    Hugs.
     
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    Hugs, Pisces, and the best of luck finding the career that gives you joy.
     
  22. TamiJ

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    Oh, hugs to you! If you are this unhappy, then there is something better out there for you.
     
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    Hugs, Pisces.
     
  24. Myrisophilist

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    Someone once gave me this advice: Do something that makes your heart sing.
     
  25. Upsadaisy

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    I left the classroom in 2009 and have been tutoring since. Now that I have lots of consistent hours, it is a dream come true. All of the reward and none of the nonsense. Most of the kids have online courses, so no lesson planning or grading. I hope you find something with the rewards of teaching but without the heartache.
     
  26. Ms. I

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    Sure, the feeling is bittersweet right now & will for a while, but I always believe that things happen for a reason. You've come to realize that teaching isn't for you anymore, so be positive & explore! I wish you good luck with it. I've been trying to go from working outside of the house to working at home jobs & it's starting to happen for me. I'm not that old yet, but if I never have to work outside of the home 5 days a week ever again, that would be fine with me! (I haven't worked all 5 days a week consistently since about 2007, if I recall correctly.)

    So what do you plan to do in this next chapter of your life?
     
  27. MzMooreTeaches

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    Teaching really consumes you especially when you put your all into it. Very few people realize just how much we sacrifice in time, money, health, thoughts, energy, time with friends and family. I definetly reach out to you. I'm sure you were absolutely awesome at the difference you have made in the lives of the children you have touched. No doubt your health and your sanity has to come first. Where ever the road takes you know that you made a difference. Joy comes on the other side of the hurt and the feeling of "loss and mourning". Good luck you have a bright future in front of you!
     
  28. DrivingPigeon

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    Good for you for realizing it now, and being brave enough to switch careers. We've had 3 teachers leave my school in the past year to move on to other things, so it seems like this is a pretty common decision. You're not alone.
     
  29. Ponypal

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    Prayers for you my friend. I know the feeling you speak of. I'm considering a move across the country to get away from the politics of this state. I still want to continue teaching, but who knows... perhaps another door will open for me too. I wish you well.
     
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  30. Teachling

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    My hats off to you for being able to come to terms with making this career changing decision. Like you, I've been teaching for six years and have been feeling the same. I've been thinking about doing the same more so this year.
    You have to feel satisfied and happy with whatever you do. Sounds like you are one step closer to finding your way. I wish you much success and hope you keep us inform of your progress.
     
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    It seems like you haven't been happy for some time. Congrats on taking the first step to finding your happiness.
     
  32. kcjo13

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    Pisces-thinking of you! I left the field for many of the reasons you've posted about. I have not looked back-and I'm so happy. My job is still stressful, but it's a different kind of stress. It's manageable. It's finite. PM me if you want to talk about the move-I'm here for you!

    Another good one to talk to is Jem-she left teaching for a few years, but is now back. I'm speaking for her, but I think I know her well enough to know that she would be a great person to lean on, and wouldn't mind.

    :hugs:
     
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    Wishing you much happiness- I have a few friends who have left teaching in a classroom for other professions that have made them very happy. :)
     

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